Minister for Social and Family Development Tan Chuan-Jin launched the fourth edition of the Singapore Olympic Youth Festival (SYOF) 2015 at the Jurong East Sports Centre on Saturday.
This year, the opening ceremony of the SYOF coincided with the Olympic Day Celebrations where members of the community and athletes could try out different Olympic sports.
Athletes in action during the Singapore Olympic Youth Festival. Photo: Sport Singapore
In his opening address, Minister Tan said: “Hosting major games create lasting legacies for the community and also seed sport aspirations among the youth.”
He cited the example of Martina Veloso, a torch bearer for the inaugural Youth Olympic Games (YOG) five years ago, who went on to win a silver medal in shooting at the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games. Veloso also added a SEA Games Gold medal to her collection with Singapore’s win in the Women’s 10 metre air rifle team final.
He later added: “The key thing isn’t just about winning, it’s about the values that we learn in the process as we train for the event and how we conduct ourselves alongside out team mates that matter most.”
Minister Tan Chuan-Jun playing in a football challenge during the Singapore Olympic Youth Festival. Photo: Sport Singapore
Minister Tan then proceeded to show off some silky soccer skills alongside Mr Ng Ser Miang, IOC Member and Chairman of Singapore Olympic Foundation, in a short football challenge.
Close to 2,300 athletes will participate in this year’s SYOF in nine sports at nine venues across Singapore over the weekends of 25, 26 July and 1 and 2 August 2015.